- Ex-PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh has been found guilty in the N400 million money laundering charges slammed against him
- Metuh was found guilty on count one of the seven-count charge slammed against him by the EFCC
- The judge ruled that Metuh was aware that the N400 million paid into the account of a company belonging to him was a proceed of unlawful activities
The Federal High Court in Abuja has found Olisa Metuh, a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), guilty of money laundering.
Channels TV reports that Justice Okon Abang gave the verdict on Tuesday, February 25.
Another version of the report by The Nation indicates that the court found Metuh guilty on count one of the seven-count charge slammed against him by the federal government through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Former PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, found guilty of laundering N400 million. Photo credit: Daily Nigerian
Legit.ng gathers that the presiding judge held that Metuh was aware that the N400 million paid into the account of a company belonging to him was a proceed of unlawful activities of the former National Security Adviser, Col Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Legit.ng had previously reported that the high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja on Thursday, October 17, 2019, nullified Metuh's bid to stop his trial.
The presiding judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, in his verdict, nullified Metuh's the no-case application on the grounds that it lacks merit.
Justice Bello, therefore, ordered the former PDP spokesman to enter defence in prima facie case instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Meanwhile, Metuh had earlier disclosed who released the money to him. He had claimed that it was former President Goodluck Jonathan who disbursed the fund.
He denied claims that Dasuki, the then National Security Adviser (NSA), released the sum to him.
In another news, a serving commissioner in Kano under the ministry of special duties, Mukhtar Ishaq, has been arrested by the EFCC in the state.
Ishaq's arrest came after the agency's reception of confirmed reports that he diverted the sum of N76 million while he was the chairman of Kano municipal local government area.
On its official Facebook page, the antigraft agency reported that the said sum was slated for projects, development and empowerment of residents and indigenes of the area.
Also, the anti-graft agency has arrested Muhammed Audu, a son of former Kogi governor Abubakar Audu, over alleged multi-billion fraud.
The arrest was linked to alleged fraud at the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
Though the precise amount involved was not disclosed at the time of Audu’s arrest, officials of the agency estimated the alleged loot to amount to multi-billion naira. They said the funds were in dollars and naira.
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